I believe Quebec’s proposed ban on religious symbols in the workplace of public sectors is not an attack on religion or our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Really, it has nothing to do with religion at all. It is about the environment of the workplace. It is meant to keep religion and employment as two separate things.
Working in the public sector means you will be associating with a large amount of different people from different cultures and backgrounds. Wearing religious gear, whether it be a hijab or a golden cross, may intimidate people who are of other faiths. Racism is also a factor.
In matters of the public sector, religion should be completely separated from the workplace.
Our goal is to show that Canada is a country open to all cultures and backgrounds.
By separating the two, people aren’t as likely to feel judged and condemned by an employee wearing religious gear that differs from their own.
A more welcoming and comforting environment would accompany those that are intimidated by these things because they would not be visible. Out of sight, out of mind, you know?
They’re not asking you to give up your faith. They’re just asking you to keep it separate from this type of work.
People do not want religion pressured on them, especially in municipal buildings.
If you can’t be open to temporarily removing your cross or turban to accompany an environment that shows it is accepting of all, without direct or indirect pressure from the workers around, then this job probably isn’t for you.
I know it sounds hypocritical, but think about it.
Imagine being a sexually active teenager visiting a public health doctor.
By wearing something suggesting the doctor is against premarital sex – even if he’s not – you don’t feel as comfortable sharing the information for fear of judgement and even feelings of shame for disclosing it.
You might even be too embarrassed to mention something important to the doctor, which could lead to health complications.
City and government employees should know how to keep the two separate from each other, as they are totally unrelated.
However, I only believe this proposed ban should affect government-funded employment.
Displaying your choice of religion never hurt anybody.
When it can be keeping people from seeking out available government programs just because of an individual employee’s religious choice they are choosing to flaunt, one must ask if it is really necessary to display them in this environment.
We want everyone to see each other as equal human beings, not as Christian or Muslim or Jewish.
Remove the label and all you see is a person. What better way to show we’re accepting of all people than to only flaunt the unlabeled humanity within us?